Zinc deficiency and taste disorders

Ann Pharmacother. 1996 Feb;30(2):186-7. doi: 10.1177/106002809603000215.


Elemental zinc supplementation in daily dosages of 25-100 mg po appears to be an efficacious treatment for taste dysfunction secondary to zinc depletion. Insufficient evidence is available to determine the efficacy of zinc supplementation for the treatment of hypogeusia or dysgeusia secondary to drug therapy or medical conditions that do not involve low serum zinc concentrations.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Taste Disorders / drug therapy*
  • Taste Disorders / etiology*
  • Zinc / deficiency*
  • Zinc / therapeutic use*


  • Zinc